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Shin-chi's Canoe by Nicola I. Campbell
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Sep 17, 2010

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This story is a about a girl and her brother who are sent to a residential school for Native American children in Canada. Like the residential schools for Native Americans in the U.S., these schools were designed to "Americanize" the children, separating them from their families, language, and culture. Campbell takes the children from their home on the reservation to their journey to school in the fall, through their months of separation, loneliness, cold, and hunger, to the summer, when they can finally go home to their parents. Unfortunately, the emotional trauma which one would expect these children to experience, was superficially described, though the reader can certainly imagine how they must have felt. The story does provide a good introduction to what life was like at these schools. I wish this had been made into a novel, told from alternating points of view between Shi-shi-etko and her brother, so that their thoughts and feelings could have been described. Recommended as an introduction to life at these schools.
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message 1: by Lisa (new) - added it

Lisa Vegan Onto my list...

Krista the Krazy Kataloguer Yes, I found the one you found after I read Shinchi's Canoe, but I haven't read it yet.

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